Wasilla man sentenced to 28 years on child pornography, sexual abuse charges

PALMER — Judge David Zwink sentenced a 29-year-old Wasilla man to 28 years in prison on child pornography and sexual abuse charges at a sentencing hearing in Palmer District Court Tuesday afternoon.

Dylan Paul was arrested Oct. 10, 2014, without incident. He was convicted following a two-week trial in Palmer where a jury handed down a guilty verdict on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree sexual assault, two counts of third-degree sexual assault, exploitation of a minor and nine counts of possession of child pornography.

Paul was originally charged with 23 felonies. Included were 13 counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, three counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of third-degree sexual assault and one count of exploitation of a minor-making child pornography. Paul and 24-year-old Brenhon Curry, also of Wasilla, were arrested by Alaska State Troopers in October 2014. The arrests followed an almost nine-month investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a minor female in April of 2013 at the home of a family friend, according to police.

Curry, originally charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree sexual assault, pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree sexual assault in March 2016. According to court documents, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with seven to serve and eight suspended.

Police say a subsequent investigation corroborated the allegations and identified additional potential juvenile victims. During his sentencing, Zwink referenced five minors involved in all the charges stating he didn’t think ill of Paul himself.

“The term arrogant was thrown around a lot (during the trial). I don’t think that fits you,” Zwink said. “I don’t think you’re a bad person. I do think you are a significant danger.”

During the sentencing, the judge made light of Paul’s apparent alcohol addiction. During the trial, one of the pieces of evidence offered into the record was a picture of Paul’s bedroom which apparently was filled with empty liquor bottles. Zwink remarked that Paul had decreased his alcohol consumption from 1.5 liters to a liter a day suggesting that was still an extreme amount.

“You numbed yourself up,” Zwink told the defendant.

Paul’s public defender Paul Maslakowski said during his address to the court, that Paul had been socially ostracized in his teens and his involvement in the ordeal stemmed from a need for friendship.

“Your addiction to young victims may very well be a reflection of the image you have if yourself,” Zwink said prior to announcing sentence. The judge noted one of the victims was 12 at the time of the offense.

“Twelve years old is a really delicate time,” Zwink stated, adding it’s a time when a girl is dealing with all the psychological and physiological changes in herself as she progresses into womanhood. Zwink also stated he was concerned with the fact that Paul held on to the child pornography pictures he had apparently taken for so long — more than a decade, and had categorized them into folders on an electronic device.

“I never found myself hating you through the case,” Zwink said. “I hated what you had done. I can’t shake the feeling that you still don’t have a full comprehension of (what you did).”

Under state guidelines, Zwink had to order a minimum 25 years prison sentence on the first-degree sexual assault of a minor charge.

Zwink ordered 35 years in prison with 25 to serve on the SAM I charge. On the SAM second-degree charge, Zwink handed down a 15-year term with 10 to serve — seven suspended and three to be added on at the end of the first 25 years. On the two counts of third-degree SAM, Zwink concurrent three-year terms with one year suspended. He also ordered a 15-year sentence on the child exploitation charge with five to be served concurrently and 10 suspended. On the remaining child pornography charges, Zwink handed down three-year consecutive time all served concurrently.

“If I did my math correctly, that’s a total of 95 years with 35 suspended,” Zwink said after announcing sentence. “You will be slightly older than me when you get out.”

Zwink also stated Paul will have to file as a lifetime sex offender upon release, and will be on 15 years supervised probation. The judge said there was no sense in imposing any fines.

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